Jack Leon Hayes

August 16, 1930June 21, 2014

Jack Leon Hayes passed away on June 21, 2014 at the age of 83. He was born on August 16, 1930 in Clay County, IL to Roger and Velma (Forrest) Hayes. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Mary Hayes; and brother, Robert Hayes; survived by his loving wife, Norene Kay Hayes; daughters, Teresa Kay Franks, her husband Stephen Rease and Janet Rivers, her husband Jeff; son, Chad Eric Hayes, his wife Rachael; brothers, Ronald Hayes, Edward Hayes, David Hayes, and Daniel Hayes; sister, Nancy Fickus; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Jack entered military service, enlisting in the United States Army, on October 5, 1951. He served in Korea as a medic and chauffeur. He was honorably discharged on August 19, 1953 with recognition of meritorious service. He was awarded the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and 2 Overseas Bars, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. After his discharge from active duty, Jack served as a reservist in the United States Army until February 13, 1960. Upon his return from Korea Jack worked with his father helping with the family's farm implement and harvesting business. In 1955 he went to work for Best National Homes where he served until 1976 as their transportation director. From 1976 to 1979 Jack owned an automotive business. He worked in transportation management and the truck driving industry from 1980 until his retirement in 2010. Jack's entire life centered around his family. He married Kay on February 22, 1957 and their union endured 57 years. Together, Jack and Kay raised their 3 children and also fostered nearly 30 children. There was nothing that they would not do for their children and grand-children. Jack had a quiet yet unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. With gentleness, kindness and selflessness he lived out his faith. He served his savior for decades in various capacities through the local church. He was a leader and a steward that never sought recognition. He left an example that we should all consider.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Colonial Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:30 A.M. at the Livingway Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 25, 2014
  • Funeral Home Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Janet Rivers

June 27, 2014

My daddy my hero! The most kind,gentle, nurturing, generous selfless man have ever known! He will always have a huge part of my heart! I can't wait to see you and jump in your arms and give u a.huge hug and kiss! Love forever and always!

Teresa Franks

June 27, 2014

My dad was the best dad in the world!! He was a man of integrity, kindness and gentleness. He loved his family more than anything in this world. He has left a very large hole in our family that will never be filled. I love you daddy!!!

Debbie & Shelton Hayslip

June 24, 2014

Teresa and family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying that the Peace which passeth all understanding overshadow you in the coming days. May the memories of all the good times bring you comfort.

David & Margaret Glave

June 24, 2014

There are some men who say of themselves that they are great or endeavour in life to attain this position but Jack Hayes was never like this. He was a man who humbly walked before God and man, his promotion is truly from the Lord. He had favour in God's eyes and man's. He truly was a great man and will be greatly missed.
Until that day when we shall see you again Jack and we will forever be with the Lord.What a glorious day that will be and this is the reality of Jack's faith - God has promoted him to a much better place but for now we will miss him.

Rebecca Salazar

June 24, 2014

I knew him from church and in the short time of going I remember him always being so kind and compassionate. He was very sweet to my daughter and I. He always smiled and had a gentle spirit.

Brent & Taffy Barker

June 24, 2014

One man I will never forget. Known him for a short time, would have loved to have seen him one more time. But for now I will wait to see him and many more later. Love and prayers to Kaye & family

Frances Shellnut

June 24, 2014

To know him was to love him, such a gentle spirit. I know he will be sorely missed.

Lori Franks/Villanueva

June 24, 2014

My Grandpa was the best. I will miss him a lot. I have so many special memories of him growing up. I will always remember him waiting for us at the back door everytime we came to visit. He had the best smile. I couldn't have asked for a better Grandpa. Wish I could have had more time to spend with him. I love you Grandpa!

Christy Hayes

June 24, 2014

Words come hard when I want to describe my Uncle Jack. Love & Kindness are the words which encompasses everything about him. So grateful I had him as one of my role models growing up.